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The Night of the Burning: Devorah's Story

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Devorahs world is shattered by the tragedies of post-Great War Europe: gas poisoning, famine, typhoid, and influenza. Then comes the Night of the Burning, when Cossacks provoke Christian Poles to attack their Jewish neighbors. In 1920, eleven-year-old Devorah and her little sister, Nechama, are the sole survivors of their community. Salvation arrives in the form of a South African philanthropist named Isaac Ochberg, who invites Devorah and Nechama to join his group of two hundred orphans in their journey to safety in South Africa. Although reluctant to leave her homeland, and afraid to forget her family, Devorah follows her sister, who is determined to go to the new country. There Devorah is dealt the greatest blow - Nechama is adopted and taken away from her. In the end, though, Devorah realizes that she is not solely responsible for keeping the past alive, and that she will not betray her beloved parents when she is adopted herself - and finds happiness again.

 

This gripping first novel, inspired by and based closely on the childhood of the authors mother-in-law, was recipient of the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award.

 
The Night of the Burning is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Synopsis:

Devorah's world is shattered by the tragedies of post-Great War Europe: gas poisoning, famine, typhoid, and influenza. Then comes the Night of the Burning, when Cossacks provoke Christian Poles to attack their Jewish neighbors. This gripping first novel, based closely on the childhood of the author's mother-in-law, was recipient of the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award.

About the Author

LINDA PRESS WULF lives in Berkeley, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374364199
Subtitle:
Devorah's Story
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Author:
Wulf, Linda Press
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Situations / New Experience
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Family/Orphans
Subject:
Foster Homes
Subject:
Religious - Jewish
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-New Experience
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060905
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes an author's note, an afterword,
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.78 x 0.88 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 15

Related Subjects

Children's » General
Children's » Historical Fiction » Europe
Children's » Middle Readers » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » New Experience

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Product details 224 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374364199 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Devorah's world is shattered by the tragedies of post-Great War Europe: gas poisoning, famine, typhoid, and influenza. Then comes the Night of the Burning, when Cossacks provoke Christian Poles to attack their Jewish neighbors. This gripping first novel, based closely on the childhood of the author's mother-in-law, was recipient of the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award.

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